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Athletic Trainers

Also called: Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer, Head Athletic Trainer

What they do:
Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.
On the job, you would:
  • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
  • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
  • Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Digital Coach AthleticTrainer
  • Injury tracking software
Medical software
  • BioEx Systems Exercise Pro
  • ImPACT
Spreadsheet software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$42,790
per year, on average
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